I love pineapples and they’re everywhere right now. Sadly, I’m allergic to real pineapples, but that doesn’t stop me from stitching one! I spotted this project in last month’s Mollie Makes (issue 55), which was designed by Catherine Greenslade, and knew that I’d have to have a go at making it. The original project uses golds and oranges for the pineapple, but having seen pink pineapples on Columbia Road a few weeks ago, I decided to make mine with a twist!
These are the pineapples that were the inspiration for the adaptation of this project. I had wondered about trying to stitch the pink to cream to green shading on the leaves, but to be honest it was just a bit too small to be able to do that, and I like the contrast of the greens and pinks on the final project.
If you’d like to stitch your own you’ll need to download the templates from Mollie Makes, and then enlarge it to 150%. You will also need:
A needle and small sharp scissors
An air erasable pen
An 8 x 12″ oval embroidery hoop – I got mine here
Paint and paintbrush (optional)
The thread I used is Anchor thread in the following colours, and you’ll need 1 skein of each:
Shade 1 = 59
Shade 2 = 57
Shade 3 = 54
Shade 4 = 52
Shade 5 = 50
Shade 6 = 257
Shade 7 = 255
Shade 8 = 258
Shade 9 = 254
Shades 1-5 are pinks, and 6-9 are greens (refer to template for shade numbers and placement).
I had to draw over the lines a few times as they kept disappearing faster than I was stitching, but that’s ok! You can outline the satin stitch on the pineapple if you wish (I didn’t bother with that). You’ll need to use 6 strands for the pinks and 3 for the greens, so separate these carefully.
I decided to paint my hoop to add a little colour, and I just picked up a tester pot of the ‘minted’ shade from Wilkinsons. Their tester pots are only £1 so I’m always getting them for new projects! This colour is nice and bright and gives good contrast with the pinks and greens of the stitching.
I’m so pleased with how my pink pineapple embroidery turned out. We’re going to hang it up in our hall 🙂 This is because the pineapple is the symbol of welcome – that’s why you often see them on top of grand gateposts at the entrance to big country houses! Hope you’ve had a super weekend – have you been working on any craft projects?